Work-related Activity

What is work-related activity?

As a student at The Sheffield College you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

Work-related Activity

How do I benefit from work-related activity?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career

When do I need to start thinking about it?

Now! Our Industry Placement Coaches help coordinate placement opportunities for thousands of students each year - you could be next!

Our Employability Skills Coaches will also be on hand to support you with site visits, project work, voluntary opportunities and will be able to support you to find the right employer.

Employers like students with initiative, so be proactive and if you feel confident enough, make a start sourcing an industry placement. Look for employers in your chosen vocational subject area and make sure you are able to travel there.

Don’t worry if you can't find a placement right away – we can help you!

Contacting employers

  • If you feel confident, telephone potential employers directly
  • Tell them your name, what course you are studying and ask if they would consider offering you an industry placement opportunity
  • Discuss the dates you would like to undertake the placement
  • They may invite you to visit their workplace so they can meet you - you’ll need to prepare for this
  • Remember to ask the person you are speaking to for their name (and give them yours!)
  • Give them your contact number and email address so they can get in touch with you 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

If your industry placement opportunity involves working around young children or vulnerable adults you will need a DBS Certificate. College staff will be able to help you with this – check with your tutor if you need any advice or guidance around applying for a DBS check.

Health and safety

Your health, safety and welfare whilst on placement is important. You will be given information about this before you visit an employer.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The college offers a wide range of assistance to students with additional needs when out on placement. We believe that all students should have an equal chance of success and we can offer specialist learning support, equipment and resources to help you succeed. 

Students with additional needs include those who have physical or mobility difficulties, a visual or hearing impairment, communication and learning difficulties such as autism and dyslexia, medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes and heart disease, and mental health difficulties such as depression. You will need to complete a disability disclosure form so that your needs can then be assessed and the appropriate support put in place.

Financial support

You may be entitled to financial support whilst on work experience if it forms part of your full-time study programme, please enquire at the Student Central reception at your campus for more information.


You will be responsible for organising your own travel to and from your placement. The good news is, there's loads of inexpensive travel options available to you as a student of The Sheffield College. 

You can find all the information you need about the different travel options available to you here

Get in touch

If you have any questions about work-related activity or work experience placements you can contact us via:

T: 0114 260 2600


Testimonial Jonah Jerrison-Carter

“I really enjoyed the experience of working with a professional company for a live assignment. I was provided with a fantastic insight into professional design practice, which has dramatically enhanced my studies.”

Jonah Jerrison-Carter
Graphic design student

Find out more

Want to hear what it's like spending time in a real life working environment? Visit the link on the right to hear from some of our students.


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